“what now on those big questions on arms and on the past?”

In the Belfast Telegraph, Brian Rowan with a reminder of some unfinished business.   The publication of the two reports he mentions was postponed, before the elections, until “a date to be agreed by both Governments”.  From the Belfast Telegraph article

At an event at Queen’s University recently, I said there won’t be a truth process here.

There may be something dressed up as such a process, but it won’t be about truth and the many hidden secrets of war.

Governments don’t want it, the security forces and intelligence services don’t want it and republicans and loyalists don’t want it.

And if they dispute that assertion and argue that they do, then they are going to have to prove it.  [added emphasis]

The elections were a reason – some would argue an excuse – for not addressing some of these issues earlier. But what now on those big questions on arms and on the past?

The elections are over. So who has the answers?

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  • Cynic2

    The Shiners, despite their protestations, don’t want too many inquiries into who was working for the Security Forces at various stages or who authorised the murders of people like Jean McConville and many many others including senior PIRA figures outed as alleged touts.

    The Unionists protest but not too hard and above all nobody wants to destabilise Stormont by turning over too many stones

    So its left to the victims but without support what chance have they

  • pippakin

    Is it a good idea to have reports published and a truth and reconciliation commission here? This is not South Africa, there are no ‘bad guys’ there is only a long climb to persuade people who to vote for, and that is possibly hindered by too many revelations, all of which would probably be disputed. Some weapons will never be recovered, some people will never be fully recompensed for their loss and rubbing the ‘other sides’ nose in it would only make it worse.

  • An Ceide

    What is the point of harking on about the past, was the GFA not suppost to help us look to the future?

    Sinn Féin will be here for a long time, some time in the future the bogey men like Marty and Gerry will retire and new younger nationalists with no history of terrorist activity will take their place, what then will the unionists moan about?

    Paying 5 euro for a pint?

  • AGlassOfHine

    ac

    Fine sentiments……….I’m sure you felt exactly the same about the bloody (good) sunday enquiry,huh ? 😉

  • Pete Baker

    An Ceide

    Come back when you’ve read the linked Belfast Telegraph article.

    As Brian Rowan says

    Governments don’t want it, the security forces and intelligence services don’t want it and republicans and loyalists don’t want it.

    And if they dispute that assertion and argue that they do, then they are going to have to prove it.

  • AGlassOfHine

    This Five Euro a pint………………2016 by any chance,or half Eight ?? 😉

  • Pete Baker

    Stop trolling, Hiney.

  • AGlassOfHine

    Trolling Bakey ??

    I beg your pudding ?? 😉